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Two "B"s Bring Two TV "Reals" (and a Fake) To Auction: a Starsky Torino and the BtC Buick and BLS Pegasus

On: Fri, May 9, 2014 at 10:44AM | By: Andrew W Davis

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So, let’s say you read my article on the BTTF DeLorean (Seriously. Say it.) and found that either the going rate for a film-fake—or the car itself—was not for you. But you still want to have something Tinsel-Townie to parade in front of your friends. What can you do?

Well, have I got a deal (or three) for you! Sure, the silver screen they (sort of) appeared on was smaller—and usually less silver—but that doesn’t (necessarily) mean that TV-used cars should be worth any less (even though they are).

Here we have two cars from Branson Auctions’ Spring 2014 sale, April 11-12 in Branson, MO, and one from Barrett-Jackson’s Palm Beach 2014 sale in—this is too easy—Palm Beach, FL, the same weekend. From these two auction houses come three distinct types of made-for-TV cars: a replica of a car everyone knows, an actual movie prop that might be a little famous, and a similarly real-deal vehicle from a show evenIdidn’t know ever existed.

Sure, they're not the most famous of cars—and the one here that is most famous is a fake—but when you're looking for star-quality cars on a Second Director's Assistant's budget, well, fame has its price. And you can't afford it. So...

Half-Empty or Half-Full?: It Isn't Just An Attitude Anymore

On: Thu, May 8, 2014 at 11:14AM | By: Karen Cook

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When I was young I bought used cars, generally from private individuals, out of necessity due to low funding for the project. It was always a risky business even with help from my father, who knew more about cars than I did. I knew there was bound to be something wrong with the car that the owner “forgot” to tell me. One vehicle had a faulty gas gauge and I ended up on the side of the road on the way home from the purchase. The gauge said I had half a tank.

Ram On the Rise in North America

On: Thu, May 8, 2014 at 11:02AM | By: Karen Cook

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Fiat Chrylser Automobiles has announced that it will delay any major updates to its Ram series by a year, pushing the date back to 2017. The Ram brand entered the North American commercial van segment late last year with the ProMaster, which is based on the Fiat Ducato, the best selling cargo van in Europe. Brand chief Reid Bigland states that the ProMaster accounts for 18% of the cargo van sales in North America and he expects the number to climb. The Ram pickup and Fiat Chrysler vehicles had combined sales which outpaced Ford, GM, and imports since 2013 and have garnered 10 percentage points of the market share since 2009.

Why EVs Haven't Sparked Interest in the US

On: Mon, May 5, 2014 at 2:33PM | By: Karen Cook

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Back in 2007 and 2008 it appeared that the electric vehicle revolution was about to begin. With fuel prices rising with no end in sight and awareness of the effect of gas-powered engines also rising, President Obama predicted that there would be one million electric vehicles on the roadways of America by 2015. The US Department of Energy even paid out billions in low interest loans under the Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Program. What happened to derail what many automakers saw as a necessary and fated shift in consumer purchasing? Actually, it was a combination of factors that include better technology and buyers’ disinclination to purchase unfamiliar engines.


Ford Super-Duty Recall

On: Mon, May 5, 2014 at 2:03PM | By: Karen Cook

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Notice to all owners of Ford F-250, F-350, F-450, and F-550 trucks!
The Ford Motor Company is recalling 3,976 2015 Super Duty vehicles with 6.2-liter gas or 6.7-liter diesel engines which have 6R140 transmissions. A transmission control software error was discovered on March 26th at the Kentucky assembly plant.

GM To Build Houses?

On: Mon, May 5, 2014 at 9:33AM | By: Karen Cook

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My youngest son didn’t leave the nest willingly. Unable to meet the requirements for continued parental support, he was left with few options for suitable accommodation. We suggested a cardboard box under the overpass was within his means. Ok, so it wasn’t quite so dire (although we did make this proposal). It’s too bad he didn’t know someone at GM or the Michigan Urban Farming Initiative.

Are Crossovers And Trucks Kicking The Car To The Curb?

On: Fri, May 2, 2014 at 12:38PM | By: Elizabeth Puckett

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Once upon a time, cars ruled the road. The variety and quantity of car models in the 50s and 60s, for example, was astounding by today's standards. There were big coupes, small coupes, two-door and four-door wagons, two-door and four-door convertibles, and, of course, a whole lot of sedans. Today, cars come in four basic flavors: coupe, convertible, sedan, and wagon. The first two have two doors, the last two have four doors. That's it.

The reason is clear: trucks and crossovers are supplanting the car. This trend speaks volumes about today's drivers, driving habits, and fuel economy regulations.

OMG! What's That Noise?

On: Fri, May 2, 2014 at 11:33AM | By: Karen Cook

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We’ve all done it. It would actually make a great hidden camera television show. People come into a mechanic’s shop and try to reproduce the sound their vehicle is making. New words get created and grown men sound like little boys playing with toy cars. It’s kinda funny for those watching and kinda embarrassing for those attempting to make just the right sound. It must be frustrating for the mechanic. Well, suffer no more, 21st century car owners, because now there’s an app for that!

Congress Asked to Octuple Fine for Late Recalls

On: Thu, May 1, 2014 at 1:09PM | By: Karen Cook

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There is new legislation afoot which has been put forth by Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. He is asking Congress to raise the maximum civil fine for violating United States auto safety laws to $300 million. That’s an 800% increase; Foxx hopes this would be a deterrent to future problems like the recent GM recall debacle.

The increase is part of a $302 billion four-year package aimed at replacing the depleted funds in the federal Highway Trust Fund, which provides money for things like bridge repairs, underground storage tanks, and mass transit (the mass transit division is actually in surplus at this time). The fund has seen a shortfall in revenue through gasoline taxes because of drivers are using less fuel.

Great Scott! Branson Auctions brings movie(-ish) magic to MO with a damn-near perfect BTTF DeLorean

On: Wed, Apr 30, 2014 at 3:56PM | By: Andrew W Davis

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When it comes to car-nerd-ery, I’m a 100-percent Christine Plymouth person, but I can see the appeal in owning a sorta-kinda Back to the Future DeLorean like the one not sold at Branson Auctions’ Spring (April 11-12) 2014 sale in—you guessed it—Branson, MO.

These kinds of cars seem to run a traditional route from private listings to eBay Motors and then to places like this, a medium-sized real-time auction in the Midwest. Heck, you can even buy one “new” from several places that I will mention later. And apart from the $541k—yes, you read that right—one-and-only authentic-and-in-private-hands movie-used DeLorean extant, there's a pretty established market with an equally-established average price.

At $62,500 this lot was smack where it should have been price-wise. Why didn’t it sell? I can only assume—as I will in a second—but I'm cool with that if you are. As for now, know this: I think that the owner of this BTTF replica would like to go back in time, take that bid and run. Then again, that would mean his DeLorean time-machine actually works, which would make even half-a-million bucks seem worth less than .01 jigawatts…

Is the 2014 Buick Enclave Vomit-Proof?

On: Wed, Apr 30, 2014 at 2:19PM | By: Karen Cook

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I get car sick. It’s worse in the back seat and is triggered mostly by reading while the car is moving. This is a problem since usually my husband drives and I am expected to navigate to previously unvisited destinations. I was so happy when GPS navigation arrived. Now he can listen to a pleasant and relaxed voice giving him directions instead of my nauseous and frustrated voice just telling him where to go.